I recently spent some quality time inside Channa Horwitz‘s installation at François Ghebaly in Culver City, the last gallery show organized by the artist before her death in April. I liked the installation so much I made a GIF of all its movable parts (in addition to putting together a few words about it). Horwitz also has an interesting personal story. Click through to Hyperallergic to get the scoop — and the GIF.
A still from Priapus Agonistes, by Mary Reid Kelly, at Susanne Vielmetter Projects in Culver City. Opens Saturday at 6pm. (Image courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter.)
- Williams, Mass.: Jason Middlebrook and Joseph Montgomery at MASS MoCA. Through April 7, 2014.
- NYC: Vanishing Point, at Bitforms. Opens Thursday at 6pm. Plus: A curator-led tour with A.E. Benenson will take place on Thursday, June 27 at 5pm.
- NYC: The Civil War and American Art, at the Metropolitan Museum. Through September 2.
- NYC: Patrick Berran and Jack Henry, at Storefront Bushwick. Opens Thursday, in Bushwick.
- NYC: A Puerto Rican History Celebration in honor of the Young Lords, at the Bronx Museum. This Friday at 6:30pm. (RSVP required.)
- NYC: The Met’s European Paintings galleries have re-opened. Have at it, people!
- Chicago: The Rapid Pulse Performance Art Festival, in various locations. Kicks off Friday with a talk by Wafaa Bilal, at the Defribillator Performance Art Gallery, and runs through June 10. (Tickets required for the vernissage with Bilal.)
- L.A.: Joyce Pensato, I Killed Kenny, at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Opens Friday at 7pm, in Santa Monica.
- L.A.: Zero Down: A Performance Art Group Show and Open Studios, at 1019 West. This Saturday from 5-9pm, in Inglewood.
- Mexico City: Asco: Elite de lo oscuro, at the Museo Universitaro Arte Contemporáneo at UNAM. Through July 28.
- Marseille: Le Pont, at the Musée de Art Contemporain (MAC). Through October 20.
A petroglyph of the Gemini Capsule, by Kevin Sudeith. Part of the artist’s solo exhibit, Modern Petroglyphs, at 308@156 Project Artspace. Opens Thursday at 7pm, in the Flatiron District. (Image courtesy of the artist. Plus: see my WNYC profile of Sudeith from last year.)
- NYC: Lorna Williams, Appositions: Still/Birth/Shit, at Dodge Gallery. Opens Saturday, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: Maria E. Piñeres, Playland, at DCKT Contemporary. Opens Wednesday, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: video_dumbo, at Eyebeam. Opens Thursday in Chelsea.
- NYC: B&W — Two Photographers: Maximo Colon and Elisa Perea, at MediaNoche. Opens Friday at 6pm, in East Harlem.
- NYC: Ralph Fasanella, A More Perfect Union, at Andrew Edlin Gallery. Through June 22, in Chelsea.
- NYC: To The Friends Who Saved My Life: Moyra Davey, Hervé Guibert, Heinz Peter-Knes, Jason Simon, Danh Vo, Francesca Woodman, Rona Yefman, at Callicoon Fine Arts. Opens Sunday at 6pm.
- NYC: Search for the Unicorn: An exhibition in honor of the Cloisters 75th Anniversary, at The Cloisters Museum & Gardens. Opens today.
- NYC: Land Marks: An exhibition of earthworks artists, and Imran Qureshi, on the roof, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through November 3.
- Chicago: Theaster Gates: 13th Ballad, and Think First, Shoot Later: Photography from the MCA Collection, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Opens Thursday.
- New Orleans: Pat Steir, Endless Line and Self Portrait, at Newcomb Art Gallery. Through June 16.
- S.F.: Andy Vogt, Submerged on the Surface, at Eli Ridgway Gallery. Through June 22nd.
- L.A.: Mark Verabioff, Breakdown, a performance, at Night Gallery. This Saturday from 9pm-12am, in downtown L.A.
- L.A.: Antonia Wright, Be, Marisol Rendón, So Dragons do Exists?, and Hugo Crosthwaite, Studies for CARPAS, at Luis de Jesus Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm in Culver City.
- L.A.: Artifex, with Einer and Jamex de la Torre, Harry Gamboa Jr., Shizu Saldamando and John Valadez, at Koplin del Rio Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Culver City.
- L.A.: John Baldessari: Crowds, at ForYourArt. Opens Saturday at 4pm in Mid-Wilshire.
- L.A.: Channa Horwitz, Orange Grid, at François Ghebaly Gallery. Through June 8, in Culver City.
Saw Over Want, 1980-82, by Carolee Schneeman. Part of the artist’s solo exhibition Flange 6rpm, at PPOW Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea. (Image courtesy of the artist and PPOW.)
- NYC: Matthew Barney: Subliming the Vessel, at the Morgan Library. Opens Friday, in Midtown.
- NYC: New Harmony: Abstraction between the Wars, 1919-1939, at the Guggenheim Museum. Opens Friday.
- NYC: Jack Goldstein x 10,000, at the Jewish Museum. Opens Friday, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album, and Cecily Brown, at Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue. Through June 22, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: Ugo Rondinone, at Gladstone Gallery on 21st Street. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Bruce Conner, at Paula Cooper Gallery. Through June 22, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Los Carpinteros, Irreversible, at Sean Kelly Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Extravagant Features, curated by Clarissa Dalrymple, at C24. Through June 22, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Martin Parr: Life’s a Beach, at the Aperture Foundation Gallery. Through July 3, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Scenes from the South 1936-2012, at Howard Greenberg Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Midtown.
- NYC: Matthew Jensen: Local Expeditions, at Third Streaming. Through August 15, in SoHo.
- NYC: Richard Tuttle: The Reinhart Projects, at Pocket Utopia. Opens Saturday, on the Lower East Side.
- L.A.: Florian Morlat, Sticks and Stones, at Cherry and Martin. Through June 1, in Culver City.
A painting by Zak Smith. From the artist’s solo exhibit, Maximum Everything Always, at Fredericks & Freiser in New York. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea. (Image courtesy of the artist and Fredericks & Freiser.)
- NYC: I, YOU, WE, at the Whitney Museum. Through September 1st. (This show is totally bangin’. GO SEE IT.)
- NYC: Anselm Kiefer: The Morgenthau Project, at Gagosian Gallery on 21st Street. Through June 8, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Nearby, a group show with Debra Bermingham, Michael Cline, Siobhan McBride, and Dushko Petrovich, at DC Moore Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: James Esber, Fourteen Drawings and One Painting Perpetually Shown, at Pierogi. Through May 26, in Williamsburg.
- NYC: Kim Dorland, Ghosts of You and Me, at Mike Weiss Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Garrett Pruter, Interiors, at Charles Bank Gallery. Through May 26, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: Sofia Maldonado, Into Gray, at Magnan Metz. Through June 1, in Chelsea.
- NYC: The Vibrant Future of the Creative Economy: Real World Value and Arts Thinking, part of the Ideas City Festival, at Old School. This Friday from 11am-5pm, in SoHo.
- St. Louis: Bad at Sports, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Through Sunday.
- Portland, Ore.: Tools Folds Flight at Ampersand Gallery. Through May 26.
- L.A.: William Powhida, Bill by Bill, at Charlie James Gallery. Through June 8, in Chinatown.
- Pasadena: Beyond Brancusi: The Space of Sculpture, at the Norton Simon Museum. Through January 6.
LAST CHANCE: There is an absolutely stunning show of paintings by Susanna Heller on view at Magnan Metz in Chelsea. The show includes her signature brooding landscapes, but there are also a couple of walls of sketches (worth examining) as well as a suite of works that chronicle her husband’s illness. In these latter pieces, I almost felt as if I could smell the rubbing alcohol and hear the blip of the heart monitor. The machinery in these images seems to have a disconcerting life of its own. I simply couldn’t look away.
The works are absolutely staggering for their intensity, intimacy and visual punch. Do not miss this show.
Susanna Heller, Phantom Pain, is on view at Magnan Metz through this Saturday, April 20.
Sandy Says So, 2012, by Lisa Adams. Part of the artist’s solo exhibit, Second Life, at CB1 Gallery. Opens Sunday at 5pm, in downtown Los Angeles. (Image courtesy of the artist and CB1.)
- Boston: Barry McGee, at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Opens Saturday.
- N.J.: New video works by Lee Arnold, at the Montclair Art Museum. Opens today, in Montclair.
- NYC: Spectacle: The Music Video, at the Museum of the Moving Image. Opens today, in Astoria.
- NYC: Gordon Matta-Clark, Above and Below, at David Zwirner. Through May 4, on 19th Street in Chelsea.
- NYC: Elliott Hundley, at Andrea Rosen Gallery. Through April 27, in Chelsea.
- NYC: The Emo Show, at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Through May 11th.
- NYC: Cordy Ryman, Adaptitive Radiation, at Dodge Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: Pufferella, Pufferella’s Boudouir, at The Lab. This Saturday, for one day only, starting at 2pm at The Lab at 400 East 9th St, #2B, in the East Village.
- NYC: Critical Language, a forum on International Art English, at Triple Canopy. This Saturday at 4pm, in Greenpoint. (For writer nerds, this looks like a must-do.)
- West Palm Beach: The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951, at the Norton Simon Museum of Art. Through June 16.
- S.F.: Christian Marclay, The Clock, at SFMOMA. The museum half a dozen screenings starting tomorrow at 11am (for members only). The first fully public screening will take place on May 4; the last, on June 1.
- L.A.: Marilyn Minter, at Regen Projects. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Hollywood.
- L.A.: Anna Sew Hoy, Home Office, at Various Small Fires. Opens Saturday, in Venice.
In other news: The Ken Johnson kerfuffle has reared its head again. I’m on deadline, so here’s the short of it: Johnson just penned a piece in Art in America in response to a critique by David Levi-Strauss about his work reviewing shows concerning female and African-American artists. (While I generally agree with some of Levi-Strauss’s points, the whole “my students say this” and “my students say that” set-up of his essay is totally passive aggressive.) Johnson defends his positions in his new essay, and, in response, the white male status quo has taken to Facebook to give the New York Times critic some hearty bro slaps.
While I haven’t been wild about all of the critiques of Johnson’s work (I think the petition could have been more nuanced and Levi-Strauss just needed to strap on a pair and not lay his arguments on his anonymous students), I agree with many of the points being made. Johnson has a real bee in his bonnet about shows built around gender or identity. That is, gender or identity that isn’t white or male.
A lot of the Facebook comments keep going on about how Johnson’s work is being taken out of context and that this is all some sort of witch hunt. It is most certainly not. (The original petition, to be clear, does not call for Johnson’s censure. It merely asks that the New York Times acknowledge and address Johnson’s “editorial lapses.” This could have been done in the Public Editor column, or by running a letter to the editor with a response. The petition’s language is vague. But it is most certainly not calling for Johnson to be fired.)
For the record, I don’t have a problem with all of Johnson’s work. I’ve quite enjoyed some of his reviews in the past. But in the arena of gender and identity, I find him distressingly narrow-minded. I think a close read of the new Art in America essay is evidence of that. And certainly, a close read of some his previous work is, too. I did that the first time around. See my previous essay on the subject.
What bums me out the most in all of this is the artists — the ones who won’t get a nuanced criticism of their work in the New York Times because of who they happen to be.